Secretary Perez (left) and Acting Assistant of Labor for Employment and Training Secretary Seleznow listen to the stories of long-term unemployed workers. Key themes across the group of workers included depletion of 401k savings, ability to sign up for affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and a range of obstacles to securing employment.
Secretary Perez hosted 14 long-term unemployed Americans at the department headquarters on Jan. 8, where they discussed what the renewal of the EUC would mean for them.
One of the workers shares her story with Secretary Perez and the assembled group.
The group of long-term unemployed professionals that participated in the roundtable with the Secretary were from financial services, healthcare, and other white-collar industries in Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia.
Secretary Perez meets with Katherine Hackett, a worker who has lost her Unemployment Insurance benefits.
Katherine Hackett introduces President Barak Obama for remarks on emergency unemployment insurance in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Secretary Perez does regional media interviews on the emergency unemployment insurance.